No Man’s Sky Online has been officially announced and will be coming as part of the big BEYOND update later this year.
No Man’s Sky is finally getting true multiplayer, Hello Games has announced, with the next big update following on from NEXT. No Man’s Sky Online, as it’s being dubbed, is set to bring enhanced multiplayer features “promising to bring players together like never before.”
Hello Games have continued to support No Man’s Sky since its disappointing launch back in 2016 where we were promised a vast solar system in which players can discover their own planets, flora, and fauna, and even interact with other players (though it was claimed this would be near-on impossible).
Come launch, players found a pretty empty game which included absolutely zero multiplayer. This caused players to be pretty upset as they were promised things that weren’t delivered.
The good news, however, is that Hello Games has gradually introduced more and more content over the years with the latest being the NEXT update which actually let players join each other online in a physical presence. Now it seems with the BEYOND update, this multiplayer feature will be expanded and will be completely free of subscriptions, microtransactions.
In a blog post, Hello Games’ Sean Murray wrote:
“No Man’s Sky Online includes a radical new social and multiplayer experience which empowers players everywhere in the universe to meet and play together. Whilst this brings people together like never before, and has many recognisable online elements, we don’t consider No Man’s Sky to be an MMO – it won’t require a subscription, won’t contain microtransactions, and will be free for all existing players.
“These changes are an answer to how we have seen people playing since the release of NEXT, and is something we’ve dreamed of for a long time.”
More details for No Man’s Sky Online as well as the other features coming in BEYOND are planned at a later date. A trailer revealing some of these changes can be seen below: